Mission and Goals
The Office of Multicultural Affairs seeks to cultivate an environment of multicultural competence and advocacy in which all members of the campus community are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued.
- Support the University's efforts to continue its commitment to diversity;
- Provide a source of social/emotional support for students during their progression through the University community;
- Prepare future graduates of The University of Scranton for social responsibility and engagement in a diverse democracy and interdependent world;
- Increase learning opportunities designed to increase the community's multicultural competence;
- Assist students, faculty, and staff in recognizing and appreciating the intersection of multiple cultural identities;
- Support self-reflection of intercultural communication styles and tendencies; and
- Seek opportunities to collaborate with the Scranton and Northeastern Pennsylvania communities
As a result of their participation in diversity education, leadership development, intercultural interaction, and advocacy offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, students will:
- Understand the fundamental components of multicultural competence- specifically, multicultural knowledge, awareness, and skill;
- Develop an understanding of their cultural identities and examine the various degrees of racial, religious, socioeconomic and gender privilege that exists in society;
- Reflect on the social implications of their current and evolving multicultural space;
- Identify ways that they can function as an ally/advocate for groups and individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds and learn how to foster an inclusive campus community where students, staff and faculty have opportunities to learn more about contributions of diverse groups and individuals;
- Cultivate an increased awareness of international countries and cultures so as to be better prepared to enter the world as culturally competent, global citizens;
- Understand and engage in purposeful dialogue designed to explore the dynamics of difference.